Professor Angela Washko‘s documentary Workhorse Queen took home three major awards from three different festivals. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature at the San Francisco Documentary Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Indy Film Fest and the Audience Award for the Best Documentary Feature at ImageOut Rochester Spring Festival.
Workhorse Queen explores the complexities of mainstream television’s impact on queer performance culture. The film follows Ed Popil, aka drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis. Not your average aspiring pop star drag queen, Mrs. Kasha Davis is a 1960’s era housewife trying to liberate herself from domestic toil through performing at night in secret – an homage to Ed’s own mother. After seven years of auditioning to compete on reality television show RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ed Popil was finally cast onto the show and thrust into a full time entertainment career at the late age of 44.